12 Sub-Saharan African Countries With Most Women In Parliament

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Written by Keren Mikva

Women are notoriously under-represented in government, occupying just 21.9 percent of all elected parliamentary seats worldwide. In the U.S., that number is even lower, at just 18 percent. The following countries in sub-Saharan Africa have managed to buck the trend.

They are including women in politics and creating significant roles for female politicians through advocacy, quota systems, and citizens’ desire for real change. Here are the 12 sub-Saharan African countries with the most women in parliament.

Percentages listed here represent the proportion of seats held by women in national parliaments according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union and World Development Indicators, and World Bank for 2014.

Sources: Data.WorldBank.org, IPSNews.net, UNWomen.org, TheIndependent.co.zw, QuotaProject.org, GenderLinks.org.za, NGOPulse.org, TheGuardian.com